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Exercise Tips for working out

Exercise Tips

Tip 1. Never underestimate a warm up! Injuries, pulled muscles and stiff joints make exercise a complete nightmare! A short warmup before you start can have huge benefits. Not only will you be more r…
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How does exercise help lower blood pressure?

How can exercise lower blood pressure? Exercise improves the health of heart and blood vessels. It makes your heart stronger so it doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood around your body. Exercis…
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How does exercise help depression?

Depression can leave people unable to concentrate on or complete basic tasks, unable to enjoy life and unable to feel hopeful for the future. If you're experiencing the symptoms of depression it's imp…
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Exercise for Anxiety - does it work?

How does exercise help anxiety? First, the science-y bits. Increasing your heart rate increases the availability of neurochemicals like serotonin which can reduce symptoms of anxiety. Exercising make…
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What are the benefits of exercise?

Understanding the huge range of benefits for mind, body and spirit that can be unlocked through exercising is a great way to motivate you to take that first step and do that first session, whether it…
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Mental health and exercise

What are the mental health benefits of exercise?

Exercise to help with stress and anxiety The act of doing something physical, whether it be going for a walk, lifting weights, running or yoga, releases the hormone cortisol. Cortisol has a number of…
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What is a cycling sportive?

Who can take part in a cycling sportive? You don’t need to be a seasoned cyclist or professional athlete to take part in a cycling sportive! Cyclists of all experiences and abilities come together to…
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Shin splints – what are they and how can I treat them?

What are shin splints? The main symptom of shin splints is pain that runs down the front of your lower leg (your shin), and you are likely to experience it whilst doing a high impact exercise such as…
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How to swim faster

Improving your technique The best way to start moving through the water at greater speed is to perfect your technique, becoming more streamlined and reducing the amount of water resistance created wh…
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Runner’s knee – what is it and how can I treat it?

What is runner’s knee? As the name suggests, runner’s knee is one of, if not the most common injury experienced by runners. The injury is usually caused by repetitive strain on the knee joint as a re…
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Knee pain when walking – causes and how to treat it

What are the symptoms of knee pain? Is your knee in pain whilst walking? The symptoms you might experience from knee pain can vary depending on the injury. Here are some of the most common knee injur…
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Hip pain when walking – causes and how to treat it

Walking, especially over long distances or periods of time, can cause strain on your hips, leading to pain in or around the joint. In this article we’ll take a closer look at some of the causes and sy…